Risk Management

SolarWinds Supply Chain Cyberattack

Cyber Case Study: SolarWinds Supply Chain Cyberattack

In the final month of 2020, it was revealed that foreign hackers had orchestrated a supply chain cyberattack throughout the past year in an effort to compromise several federal agencies and private organizations. The cybercriminals first infiltrated the digital infrastructure of SolarWinds—a Texas-based technology company—before using that infrastructure to gain access to sensitive data from …

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Dashboard Camera Considerations

Dashboard Camera Considerations

Although an organization may benefit from utilizing vehicles, doing so can also carry numerous exposures. Specifically, drivers who engage in unsafe behaviors behind the wheel could contribute to costly road incidents. Even if an organization’s drivers weren’t responsible for causing such incidents, other motorists or pedestrians might still try to blame them, thus resulting in …

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Five Strategies for Reducing Workers’ Compensation Costs

Five Strategies for Reducing Workers Comp Costs

When a company experiences significant increases in workers’ compensation costs, it usually triggers internal activities aimed at reducing insurance costs and spending. The key to spending fewer dollars is more than just stopping a few accidents; it is having a sound safety program designed to continuously improve. This is where a safety program that, at …

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President Biden Offers Additional Financial Support to Small Businesses

President Biden Offers Additional Financial Support to Small Businesses

President Joe Biden’s administration is ardently increasing its efforts to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 as the coronavirus Delta variant rages across the country. Over the past several weeks, the White House has been gradually releasing sweeping COVID-19-related mandates. These include vaccine mandates for nursing home employees, federal workers and federal contractors. The government …

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Cyber Liability Lessons From the Colonial Pipeline Breach

Cyber Liability: Lessons From the Colonial Pipeline Breach

One of the nation’s largest pipelines was forced to shut down in early May 2021 after falling victim to a ransomware attack. The 5,500-mile pipeline is operated by Colonial Pipeline and carries refined gasoline and jet fuel from Texas to New York. This pipeline transports 45% of the east coast’s fuel supplies. The attack—carried out …

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President Biden Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Federal Employees and Large Employers

President Biden Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Federal Employees and Large Employers

On Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed executive orders requiring federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden also directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to draft a new emergency rule requiring all businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure all of their workers are either tested for …

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Federal Workers and Contractors Must Attest to Their Vaccination Status

Federal Workers and Contractors Must Attest to Their Vaccination Status

On July 29, 2021, President Biden announced new actions to strengthen safety protocols for federal employees and federal contractors. This announcement was not an executive order, but does impose new requirements for federal employees and contractors. Every federal government employee and on-site contractor is now required to disclose their vaccination status. Federal employees and contractors …

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OSHA Penalty Schedule

OSHA Penalty Schedule

An employer receives a written citation when it violates OSHA standards or regulations. The citation will describe the particular nature of the violation and will include a reference to the provision of the chapter, standard, rule, regulation or order the employer violated. In addition, the citation will provide a reasonable amount of time for the …

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How Complete Is Your Business Contingency Plan

How Complete Is Your Business Contingency Plan?

A business contingency plan enables businesses to stay functional in adverse conditions, such as major technical issues, natural disasters, or other unexpected occurrences. These plans are often thought of as emergency action plans or disaster recovery plans, but business contingency plans go well beyond natural disasters. A well-constructed plan can mean the difference between staying in business …

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